A Catholic Monthly Magazine


Our cover this month shows a collection of ‘calaveras’ or skulls. These are from Mexico, where the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed is celebrated as El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead (just as we call the day All Souls).
Like All Souls day, the day is a remembrance of those who have gone before us. It is marked by a visit to the cemetery, Mass at the cemetery (if available) and a meal. Some pre-Christian elements have been incorporated into the Catholic celebration - such as eating near the tomb and offering the deceased their favourite dish.
As the colourful decorated skulls (traditionally made of sugar and enjoyed on the day) indicate, the reality of human death is acknowledged and celebrated, while remembering that it is not the end of life, but a new beginning.

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